This 30-page report assesses robotics opportunities to address the challenges, benefits and costs of the “New” supply chain and the demands of modern logistics.

The journey to the “New Supply Chain” has begun in earnest as a growing number of forward-looking manufacturers are building the tools for today and tomorrow’s logistics chores. Today’s complex global supply chains are poised to be dismantled. 3D printing and intelligent, mobile robotics are transforming global supply chains by uncomplicating and enriching existing business processes while enabling new ones.

If you’re considering how to make your business “faster, smaller, cheaper and local”, this report is for you.

If you’re developing robotics solutions for the supply chain industry, this report is for you, too.

Table of Contents:

Introduction

I. State of the Industry

II. The Vanguard
Poster child of the “New”
C & S Wholesale Grocers
Do-it-yourself automation
Stihl
Ditching the supply chain altogether
Rodon Group
Never too small to begin

III. The Transformation of Logistics
Digitization: supply chains, Moore’s Law and innovation
Economic predictions from Erik Brynjolfsson and Andy McAfee

IV. Analysis of Supply Chains

V. Tools for Change
How to become “faster, smaller, cheaper and local
3D printing, intelligent robotics & reconfigurable warehouse automation
3D Printing (additive manufacturing)
Blurring the lines: warehouse or factory or both?
Digitizing and reproducing tangible goods
3D Systems and Stratasys
Growth rate through 2018: 45 percent?
The playing field
The HURCO Effect
Recombinant innovation in action
Factory of the Future
Escaping the build envelope
Intelligent, mobile robotics
Humans need not apply
Value-added robot benefits
De-populating warehouses
Talent needed, not brute labor
Investment money is not the problem
Mercadona (Spain) & Ocado (UK)
Reconfigurable warehouse automation
Robot-powered moveable conveyor systems
Change on the upswing

VI. Robotics Solutions at the Ready
Complex machines that “uncomplicate” supply chains
The journey to the “New Supply Chain” has begun in earnest as a growing
number of forward-looking manufacturers are building the tools for today and
tomorrow’s logistics chores.
Loading dock: autonomous unloading and loading
Autonomous forklift (purpose built)
Autonomous forklift (aftermarket kits)
Automated pallet jacks
Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS)
Automated picking systems
Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV)
Autonomous tractor-trailer trucks
3D printing

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